Literary Nonfiction. Essay. Spanish poet and philosopher Chantal Maillard asks whether a world without violence is possible. Beginning with the tale of Nietzsche’s embrace of the Turin horse, and engaging with thinkers from Confucius to Derrida to Sontag, Maillard reflects on how the concept of the "semblable" (one's other, neighbor, peer, fellow) justifies defensive foreign and domestic policy as well as state-sanctioned global violence. Can we broaden our “frameworks of belonging” and replace our narrow group and species-centered morals with an ethics of interspecies compassion? And if we could, given that the natural world cannot be sustained without violence, would it be possible to create change without violence?
Chantal Maillard (born 1951) is a contemporary Spanish poet and philosopher. With a long repertoire behind her, she has received various literary prizes for her poetry. She was awarded the Spanish National Poetry Prize in 2004 for Matar a Platón and the National Critic's Prize for Spanish Poetry in 2007 for Hilos. Her prose is particularly notable for merging and transgressing literary genres. Until 2000, she was a professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at the University of Málaga. She has written articles on philosophy, aesthetics and Eastern Thought for several publications such as ABC and El País. Maillard has also worked on stage and adapted her works to various interdisciplinary projects, in collaboration with visual and stage artists, musicians, and filmmakers from Spain and around the world. Her latest published books include: La compasión difícil (Galaxia Gutenberg), ¿Es posible un mundo sin violencia (Vaso roto), La herida en la lengua (Tusquets), and India (Pre-textos).Author City: MALAGA SPA